Tag: Omicron

Omicron BF.7 threat
Omicron BF.7 threat: Experts urge people to follow Covid protocol

This is because the new variant quickly bypasses the immunity that a person has developed through a natural infection with an earlier variant or even if the complete course of the vaccines are taken, he added.

  • Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Omicron
Omicron, sub-lineages remain dominant variant in India: INSACOG

"Omicron and its sub-lineages continue to be the dominant variant in India. BA.2 and its descendent lineages, in particular, BA.2.75 has been mostly found over the last week in different parts of India," the INSACOG said

  • Sunday, 23 October 2022
XBB sub-variant of Omicron may cause another Covid-19 wave: WHO Chief Scientist
XBB sub-variant of Omicron may cause another Covid-19 wave: WHO Chief Scientist

Swaminathan said they are also tracking derivatives of BA.5 and BA.1, which are also more transmissible and immune-evasive.

  • Friday, 21 October 2022
India records 2,338 Covid cases, 19 more deaths in a day
New sub-variant of Covid-19 Omicron detected in South Africa

The Spokesperson told Xinhua that BA.4 and BA.5 continued to be the most dominant sub-variants in South Africa but they were less severe due to higher levels of immunity. The department called on the people not to panic.

  • Friday, 16 September 2022
Omicron Variant Of COVID-19
56% people infected with Omicron didn't know it: Study

The findings, published in JAMA Network Open, showed that only 44 per cent of participants with newly positive SARS-CoV-2 antibodies had awareness of being infected with the virus. The majority (56 per cent) were unaware of any recent Covid-19 infection.

  • Thursday, 18 August 2022
Omicron Dodging Vaccine?
Why COVID19 OMICRON Variants Triggering Global Surge In Infections

According to a new study, the latest Omicron sub-variants -- including the BA.4 and BA.5 which are causing new global surges in infections -- are even better at eluding vaccines and most antibody treatments than previous variants. Sub-variants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 are rapidly expanding worldwide, with BA.4/5 now making up more than 50 per cent of new Covid cases in the US.

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  • Thursday, 07 July 2022
New COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75 detected in countries like India: WHO
New COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75 detected in countries like India: WHO

On COVID-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 per cent over the past two weeks. Four out of six of the WHO sub-regions saw cases increase in the last week, Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing Wednesday.

  • Thursday, 07 July 2022
Omicron
New Omicron sub-variants better at evading vax, antibody treatments

Subvariants BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5 are rapidly expanding worldwide, with BA.4/5 now making up more than 50 per cent of new Covid cases in the US.

  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022
A health worker shows a vial of Covaxin dose
Covaxin booster enhances vaccine effectiveness against Delta, Omicron variants: ICMR study

According to the the ICMR study, administering of Covaxin booster dose will enhance the vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant infection and give protection against the Omicron variants BA.1.1 and BA.2.

  • Wednesday, 15 June 2022
New Omicron subvariants on the rise in the US
New Omicron subvariants on the rise in the US

BA.4 made up 5.4 per cent of the new cases, while BA.5 made up 7.6 per cent, according to CDC estimates.

  • Wednesday, 08 June 2022
Omicron sub-variant
First case of Covid's BA.4, BA.5 variants confirmed in India

The genome sequencing body further said that the contact tracing of the BA.4 and BA.5 patients is being undertaken as a precautionary measure.

  • Monday, 23 May 2022
North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown
North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

The outbreak forced leader Kim Jong Un to wear a mask in public likely for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but the scale of transmissions inside North Korea wasn't immediately known. A failure to slow infections could have serious consequences because the country has a poor health care system and its 26 million people are believed to be mostly unvaccinated. Some experts say the North, by its rare admission of an outbreak, may be seeking outside aid.

  • Thursday, 12 May 2022
New Zealand reports 1st Omicron BA.5 variant
New Zealand reports 1st Omicron BA.5 variant

New Zealand is currently under the orange settings of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, where there is no limit for gatherings.

  • Sunday, 08 May 2022
Omicron's latest subvariant BA.2.12.1 proves virus not declining: Report
Omicron's latest subvariant BA.2.12.1 proves virus not declining: Report

While existing vaccination can still reduce the risk of severe Covid disease, the variants can evade many of the neutralising antibodies that are the immune system's front line of defence.

  • Monday, 02 May 2022
Omicron sub-lineage BA.4 detected in Australia state
Omicron sub-lineage BA.4 detected in Australia state

NSW Health reported that the state's first case of BA.4 was a traveller who returned from South Africa, reports Xinhua news agency.

  • Friday, 29 April 2022
Omicron ups risk of upper airway infections, cardiac arrest in small kids
Omicron ups risk of upper airway infections, cardiac arrest in small kids

The team explained that SARS-CoV-2 can cause severe paediatric disease, including acute Covid-19 and multisystem inflammatory syndrome. Published reports associating SARS-CoV-2 with upper airway infection, such as laryngotracheobronchitis (croup), have been limited to small case series.

  • Monday, 18 April 2022
Not a panic situation; but need to follow Covid norms, be vigilant: Doctors on rise in positivity rate
Not a panic situation; but need to follow Covid norms, be vigilant: Doctors on rise in positivity rate

A massive crowd was seen at a three-day flea market festival at the JLN Stadium here that ended on Sunday. Very few people were seen wearing mask at the venue. The visuals from the festival have been widely shared on social media.

  • Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Vaccine Price CUT
BIG Cut In Covid19 Vaccine Prices Announced

BIG Cut In Covid19 Vaccine Prices Announced

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  • Saturday, 09 April 2022
Covaxin
Covaxin Prices Cut To Rs 225 Before Booster Drive Begins

Covaxin will now cost Rs 225 per dose at private hospitals, from Rs 1,200 earlier.

  • Saturday, 09 April 2022
XE Variant Slightly Tuned Up Version Of Omicron: Covid Task Force Co-Chairman
XE Variant Slightly Tuned Up Version Of Omicron: Covid Task Force Co-Chairman

It forms clusters as it successfully spreads to people, and this gets noticed during genome sequencing. Only these successful sublineages make news which are given names like XD, XE etc.

  • Thursday, 07 April 2022
Coronavirus
BA.2 Dominant Around Globe, Behind Covid Surges In Asia, Europe: WHO

Globally, BA.2 made up about 86 per cent of cases reported as updated on the open access database GISAID between February 16 and March 17, the agency said in a report this week.

  • Friday, 25 March 2022
Omircon Variant
Israel Detects Combination Of Omicron BA.1 & BA.2 Sub-Variants

The country also announced it will not lift more Covid restrictions amid rising infections "in several locations around the world", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
WHO
Omicron Sibling BA.2 Remains Variant Of Concern: WHO

Meanwhile, although BA.2 sequences are increasing in proportion relative to other Omicron sublineages, there is still a reported decline in overall cases globally.

  • Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Covid Pandemic May End In 2022: WHO
Covid Pandemic May End In 2022: WHO

Several countries have seen a decline in Omicron variant-led Covid surge. The decrease in cases has also led to lifting restrictions. Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have all lifted Covid restrictions as they look to reclassify the virus as a disease that does not pose a threat to society. The UK and the US are soon likely to follow.

  • Monday, 21 February 2022
Bill Gates on Omicron
Bill Gates On OMICRON & COVID Vaccines

Bill Gates On OMICRON & COVID Vaccines

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  • Saturday, 19 February 2022
COVID Vaccine Upgrade
Do COVID19 Vaccines Need An Upgrade?

Do COVID19 Vaccines Need An Upgrade?

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  • Thursday, 17 February 2022
Covid: UK Monitoring Hybrid 'Deltacron' Strain
Covid: UK Monitoring Hybrid 'Deltacron' Strain

Deltacron as first reported from Cyprus last month, but was later dismissed and put down to sample contamination.

  • Monday, 14 February 2022
Vaccinated Patients Less Likely To Need Critical Care Due To Omicron Infection: Study
Vaccinated Patients Less Likely To Need Critical Care Due To Omicron Infection: Study

The researchers noted that vaccination, including a booster dose for those who are fully vaccinated, remains critical for mitigating the risk of severe illness associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection.

  • Friday, 11 February 2022
Omicron Is Dominant COVID-19 Variant In Country: Govt
Omicron Is Dominant COVID-19 Variant In Country: Govt

The Ministry of Health continues to provide technical guidance for managing various aspects of COVID-19 including containment and surveillance, testing, clinical management protocols, post-COVID sequale, etc., the minister said.

  • Tuesday, 08 February 2022
Naveen Reviews Covid Situation In Odisha, Lays Emphasis On Booster Dose
Naveen Reviews Covid Situation In Odisha, Lays Emphasis On Booster Dose

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik advised the rapid response teams (RRTs) and field staff to keep a track on the health condition of those patients who are in home quarantine. 

  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
Early Signs Of Covid Case Plateauing Reported But Need To Be Observed, Says Govt
Early Signs Of Covid Case Plateauing Reported But Need To Be Observed, Says Govt

About the prevalence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in India, he said, 1,292 cases of the latest variant of concern were found on genome sequencing in December which rose to 9,672 in January.

  • Thursday, 27 January 2022
Omicron Infected Have Significant Immune Response, Can Neutralise Omicron, Delta: ICMR
Omicron Infected Have Significant Immune Response, Can Neutralise Omicron, Delta: ICMR

However, the study has a limitation of lesser participants in the unvaccinated group and the shorter window period post infection. "This could be the important reason for the low immune response specifically in the unvaccinated individuals against Omicron," it said.

  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Odisha SRC Hopeful COVID Third Wave May Lose Steam Soon
Odisha SRC Hopeful COVID Third Wave May Lose Steam Soon

The Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha, PK Jena on Wednesday expressed optimism that the ongoing third wave of COVID pandemic in the State may soon wrap itself up but only if people abide by the appropriate virus infection prevention guidelines religiously at all places.

  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Third Wave Of Covid19
INTERVIEW: Third Wave Of Covid-19 Will End Soon, Asserts IIT Senior Scientist Prof Manindra Agrawal

Third Wave Of Covid-19 Will End Soon, Asserts IIT Senior Scientist Prof Manindra Agrawal

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  • Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Why Omicron Variant Is Less Severe Than Delta
Why Omicron Variant Is Less Severe Than Delta

The cell culture study also showed that Omicron viruses remain sensitive to eight of the most important antiviral drugs and drug candidates for the treatment of Covid-19.

  • Tuesday, 25 January 2022
Health Minister To Interact With 9 States, UTs Over Covid On Tuesday
Health Minister To Interact With 9 States, UTs Over Covid On Tuesday

Earlier on January 10, Mandaviya had held a meeting with the health ministers and senior officials of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Dadra & Nagra Haveli and Daman & Diu.

  • Monday, 24 January 2022
Global Conditions Ideal For More Covid Variants To Emerge: WHO
Global Conditions Ideal For More Covid Variants To Emerge: WHO

"We will need to learn to manage it through a sustained and integrated system for acute respiratory diseases, which will provide a platform for preparedness for future pandemics."

  • Monday, 24 January 2022
More Variants?
OMICRON Not Last Variant: WHO

OMICRON Not Last Variant: WHO

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  • Monday, 24 January 2022
‘Towards Endemic’
Covid-19 Heading Towards Endemic Stage In India: Top Delhi AIIMS Doctor Reveals

Covid-19 Heading Towards Endemic Stage In India: Top Delhi AIIMS Doctor Reveals

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  • Monday, 24 January 2022
Omicron's Immune Evasion Behind Rapid Spread, Say Studies
Omicron's Immune Evasion Behind Rapid Spread, Say Studies

Harvard researchers also found that five days after an initial positive test for Omicron, about half of tested individuals had viral loads high enough that they were probably still infectious.

  • Sunday, 23 January 2022
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